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Languages and Cultures


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Languages and Cultures

224 Mitchell Hall
West Chester, PA 19383

Phone: 610-436-2700
Fax: 610-436-3048

Dr. Cristóbal Cardemil-Krause
Acting Chair July 2018-June 2019

TALFL Conference

Seventh TESOL/Applied Linguistics/Foreign Languages (TALFL) Conference

  • April 28, 2018
  • Sykes Student Union
  • West Chester University
  • West Chester, PA, USA
  • Complete Program

Conference Theme: Celebrating Language Learners as Agents of Change

The increasing diversity in US classrooms provides teachers and students the opportunity to celebrate all language learners as agents of change. We celebrate learners’ many languages and cultures and encourage learner agency, both within and outside the classroom. This year’s TALFL Conference aims to provide a platform for an exchange of views and the sharing of experiences on teaching practices that promote learner agency. These can be examined in a wide range of areas of language learning, including (though not limited to) teaching methodology, learner and teacher beliefs, materials development, assessment, and technology.

Keynote Speaker


Yasuko Kanno, Ph.D.

Yasuko Kanno is Associate Professor and Director of Language Education in the School of Education at Boston University. She works with graduate students who are training to become ESL teachers in public schools in Massachusetts. Recipient of the 2015 TESOL Award for Distinguished Research, Kanno is interested in English language learners’ access to postsecondary education and how K-12 public schools shape ELs’ postsecondary choices. She is also a co-editor of the Journal of Language, Identity, and Education.

Keynote: "Neither college- nor career-ready: English learners ‘at risk’"

Not all high school students go to college. Yet, because there is currently such a dominant emphasis on “college for all,” preparing non-college-bound students for adulthood has received short shrift. The risk of being neglected is particularly high for those English learners who are overage, SIFEs (students with interrupted formal education) education, long-term ELs, or generally low-achieving. In this presentation, through in-depth case studies of two Latino EL students who were low-achieving and chronically absent, I demonstrate that even so-called “at risk” students have strengths and dreams if we care to look and argue for validating the aspirations of those students who would rather pursue career and technical education (CTE) and start working as soon as possible than going to college.

Proposals are Invited for the Following Categories

  • Papers: Presentation time for papers will be 20 minutes plus 10 minutes for Q&A and discussion.
  • Demonstrations: Demonstration presentation involves substantial audience participation. Demonstrations involve the actual doing of a task, or series of tasks. (20 minutes plus 10 minutes for Q&A)
  • Poster Presentations: Posters will be on display during a set time to be announced later.
  • Undergraduate and Graduate Research Forum: Students are invited to discuss their research projects with conference attendees.


2018 TALFL Conference Program


All attendees, including presenters, are expected to register for the conference.



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